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November 16, 2014

Crab legs! You’re it!

If your ideal meal involves stuffing yourself silly with seafood, then Makino Chaya is the place for you. With reasonable prices for lunch (Monday to Friday $12.98, Saturday and Sunday $19.98) and dinner (Monday to Thursday $28.98, Friday to Sunday $30.98), and even an early-bird special (Monday to Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., not including holidays…

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November 9, 2014

A hot nabe sensation

While dreary days easily inspire the sentiment to go home and curl up with a good book, Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant invites you to skip the solitude and, instead, gather friends, family or coworkers for a warm, congenial meal around a hot pot. “Nabe is a great food to bring people together,” says Ichiriki partner…

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November 2, 2014

Happy days are here to stay

It’s no wonder people come from all over the island to feast at Happy Days Chinese Restaurant. Though the interior is spacious, what’s contained inside the Kaimuki eatery’s walls is a cozy retreat filled with smiling customers, chopsticks in hand, digging into plates heaped with tasty, traditional Hong Kong-style eats. While owner Lisa Lum confesses…

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October 26, 2014

A burning desire for spicy ramen

Mention the promise of free food and some people will do anything to get it, even if there is a catch. In the case of Sanji Ramen’s Hellfire Ramen Challenge, the catch is a very spicy one. Where does Hellfire Ramen’s spice level fall on a scale of one to 10? “It’s a 20 or…

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October 19, 2014

Get up in this grill

In one of his songs, Jimmy Buffet sings, “I was hungry and went out for a bite.” Anyone with an empty stomach should heed his words. And Camellia Buffet, the all-you-can-eat Korean yakiniku restaurant tucked off McCully, is just that haven for the hungry. The buffet certainly boasts a multitude of ingredients. There is a…

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The ideal dim sum playground

Food is often defined by flavor, but let’s not forget about texture. Crumbly, velvety, or gooey, food is meant to be felt as much as tasted. With its myriad of shapes, preparation and ingredients, Chinese dim sum is an ideal playground to explore food’s tactile nature, and Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant has a few new…

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October 5, 2014

Healthy eating for the ‘grill’ of it

After hitting the gym, the surf or the park, chances are you’ve worked up quite an appetite for something healthy, delicious and available in a flash. But it can be hard to find this trio of qualities, especially in fast food. Thankfully, the husband-and-wife team behind GRYLT, Allen and Mayu Farinas, have the solution. (And…

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September 28, 2014

A dinner menu that’s happily ever after

Let’s start with dessert first this time, because it’s hard to ignore a purple pancake. YogurStory’s Ube Pancakes ($12) are uber purple. They are so eye-poppingly purple they deserve to be marveled at. Violet syrup enriched with ube (a Filipino yam) and coconut milk enrobes the fluffy cakes and forms bright pools. You’ll want to…

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September 21, 2014

Even steak gets better with age

Why complicate things? Food doesn’t have to be complex to be delicious, especially when it consists of fine ingredients. Such is the sentiment of restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener. His steakhouses from Manhattan to Tokyo pay tribute to the simple things in life — salt, pepper, olive oil, some butter, fresh vegetables and proteins — coming together…

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September 14, 2014

Bread that deserves a standing ‘dough-vation’

Anyway you slice it, nothing beats a crusty loaf of artisan bread fresh from a European-style bakery, especially a rustic sour dough. With a chewy crust, dense interior and rich taste, Miche Bread ($5.85) from Fendu Boulangerie is just that. Though bread is usually cast in a supporting role — as a vehicle for sandwich…

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